PHILIPPINES – Every year, millions of first-time job seekers will be exempted to pay for the government-issued documents as President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the First-Time Job Seekers Act.
Based on estimates, first-time
job seekers are burdened to comply with the requirements for their first job
because they still need to pay almost PHP 2,000 just to acquire the documents.
Additional to the burden are
transportation and meals. Most of the affected ones are coming from the provinces
who were hired for a job in the city.
As stated by Senator Juan Edgardo
Angara, this is one way of proving to the Filipinos that the government is
converting the country’s revenue to the welfare of its people.
He added that this government
expense can actually hurt the country’s profit, but what matters more is the
help it can provide for the cash-trapped job seekers.
The more the people will get
financial assistance to get a job, the more also the citizens who can
contribute to the increase of employment rate of the country.
Since the usual case is that
these first-job seekers would acquire debts in order to cover the process of
getting those government-issued documents, at least this can defray the
It is hoped that there would be a
fast implementation of the rules and regulations so that the recent graduates
may avail of the benefits under the new law.
According to Senator Joel
Villanueva, they acclaimed the signing of their bill (RA 11261) to provide
financial aid for the youth.
Those graduates of the K-12 Program who opted the exit of employment can avail of these incentives. Those who finished a bachelor’s degree or Technical-Vocational courses from any institution in the country may also avail this benefit.
A Barangay Certification is needed to support their claim to be first-time job seekers. Fresh graduates as well as the out-of-school youth are entitled are covered in this law.
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